We’re Beads Bali (well, you already know that).
The company, at this time, is made up of myself (Sean), my wife Athina and a group of local silver smiths and bead makers. There is also my wife’s puppy, Jolie, and my black lab, Mojo.
We live here in Bali, fairly close to the beach (I can see it from my window as I type this).
I’m fairly new to the beading business but I’ve been working professionally in Bali for the last ten years (or more) exporting handicrafts and furniture around the world with Indonesia Export.
My background is London-Irish (ethnic, not the rugby team although I did manage a short stint there while I was a kid).
Athina is originally from Solo on the island of Java â€“ thatâ€™s very close to the recent earthquake and volcano if you caught any of that on the news.
The idea for making a specialist department to handle bead supplies and exports out of Bali was Athinaâ€™s â€“ she believes that although the market is very competitive, there are actually only a few decent, ethical suppliers out there doing business and even less of those are based here on Bali with the resources that we have.
Athina is the one to talk to about new designs, sourcing beads and all of the creative, hard work. She is also the only member on the team with any concept of taste or fashion. Really.
I deal mostly with communication, logistics and being mean to people when they show up at our warehouse with lousy products. I do this very well.
You could say that Athina walks softly while I carry the big stick.
If you want to know any personal information about us, you can check out are blogs:
http://www.katakoe.com — Athina’s website — partly in English.
http://www.bali-belly.com — my website.
Or, you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org